Will Verduzco · Jan 18, 2013 at 03:30 am

First “User-Friendly” Build of XBMC for Android Emerges

By now, we’re all familiar with XBMC. The megascale, multiplatform media player has become nearly ubiquitous in HTPC circles, far outgrowing its original home on its vestigial namesake, the original Microsoft Xbox. In fact, we’ve featured quite a few stories that talk about how to integrate XBMC Controller into your HTPC workflow, as well as the release and update of XBMC for Android, a third-party port feared specifically for everyone’s favorite mobile OS.

Just a few hours ago, a heavily updated and stable build was released. As with the previously featured nightly builds, these are brought to us courtesy of the rest of the XBMCANDROID Team by XDA Senior Member kemonine96.

So what sets this build apart from the previously covered nightlies? Quite a bit, actually. The first difference that users will notice is that the current stable build is much more user-friendly than previous offerings.  However, the user interface isn’t all that was changed. Since the primary use of XBMC for many users is to watch various types of streaming web content, several add-ons were bundled with the app. Furthermore, users with dedicated setups can now use XBMC as their exclusive launcher.

While bundled plugins and an improved UI are important, perhaps the biggest new feature is the addition of external player support. Given that the app itself currently lacks hardware accelerated video playback, support for external players was vital in order to ensure that users could play back high bitrate content without dropped frames or other forms of heartache. In the words of kemonine96 himself:

This release is basically the first end user friendly version of XBMC for Android that should work great on pretty much any Android powered device. Since XBMC still doesn’t support hardware accelerated video decoding on most devices, support for an external video player is included in this release, that way you’ll still be able to enjoy a flawless XBMC experience since the external video player itself does support hardware accelerated video decoding.

You’ll also find that a bunch of customizations have been made in order to make the whole XBMC experience more enjoyable for the end user, including shortcuts, the ability to use XBMC as a Launcher (and launch Android Apps & Settings from within XBMC), along with many of the most popular XBMC addons bundled directly into the release.

One important distinction with this new release that the developers are trying to make is that XBMC is not simply a “media player,” but rather a “media platform.”

Hopefully this will change the public perception of XBMC just being a media player, and most people will realize that it’s much more: a media platform that interfaces with online streaming video content, bringing online streaming technology directly to your favourite devices in an easy to navigate system with endless possibilities.

Those wishing to learn more can have their information fill in the application thread. Here, you can find more information on the supported third-party players, as well as bundled plugins and release notes.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TAGS:
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 30, 2015 at 01:37 pm · no comments

LG G4 Could Feature a… 3K Display?

According to myLGphones, a version of the LG G4 will not feature neither a 2K nor a 4K display - but 3K. If you are anything like me, your reaction to this news will be confusion. While we don't have many details about the sources of this leak, it has apparently been confirmed true by a poster at hardare.fr that gave some more details on model names for each version of the upcoming LG flagship. However, these leaks don't point towards all G4...

XDA NEWS
Emil Kako · Jan 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm · no comments

What’s the Worst Android Phone You’ve Ever Owned?

All of us here at XDA appreciate just how far Android has come. The incredible flagships of today come packed with bleeding edge technology and are hard to complain about, but it wasn't always like this. Tell us about the worst Android phone you've ever owned, and what made it so dreadful.

DISCUSS
Jimmy McGee · Jan 30, 2015 at 06:00 am · no comments

Note 4 CM12 Nightlies, Microsoft Investing in Cyanogen – XDA TV

CyanogenMod 12 Nightlies are now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of factory images for the YU Yureka and be sure to check out the article talking about Microsoft investing in Cyanogen, Inc! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

XDA NEWS